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A Site about the Divorce Regime, Family Court Corruption,
and Government's War on Fathers

Taken Into Custody:
The War Against Fathers,
Marriage, and the Family

   Taken Into Custody (2007), book by Stephen Baskerville

Just Published by Cumberland House Publishing
The most devastating indictment of the divorce industry ever published.
This book is a tremendous and much-needed report on how family courts and government policies are harming children.
--Phyllis Schlafly, president, Eagle Forum
Order your copy now at Amazon.com's special price of $16.47 and bring this book to the attention of others.

Read syndicated columns by Phyllis Schlafly and Michael McManus on Taken Into Custody.

Read the review in Human Events, the influential news weekly.

See the highly perceptive review by Todd M. Anglialoro in Inside Catholic.

Stephen interviewed on the Albert Mohler Radio ProgramTaken Into Custody featured on Albert Mohler's Blog.

Stephen Appears on
The Dennis Prager Show

and the
Michael Medved Show


and dozens of other radio interviews

To Discuss
Taken Into Custody

Over the last few weeks, I have appeared on dozens of radio broadcasts in the United States, Canada, and Australia, to discuss Taken Into Custody.  Michael Medved and Dennis Prager are two of the highlights.

These interviews have been made possible by your purchase of autographed copies of Taken Into Custody from the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.  Proceeds from these sales have helped procure these interviews.  To buy an autographed copy of Taken Into Custody, please go to www.acfc.org, where you should click at the icon for the book.  My thanks to ACFC, and all who have contributed to this campaign.

Thanks too to the many people who have been helping to arrange radio interviews.  Once again, if you have media contacts, please notify them.  Radio is the single best way to publicize a book. 

On the cover of Touchstone magazine, "Divorced from Reality"


“Welfare and the ‘Road to Serfdom,’” Issue Brief, Institute for Policy Innovation, 15 June 2007.


My latest scholarly article is just published in the Independent Review:

“From Welfare State to Police State,” The Independent Review, vol. 12, no 3 (Winter 2008).


"The Failure of 'Family Policy'" is just published in the January 2008 issue of Chronicles, a highly respected magazine of politics and culture.


Listen to the October 11, 2006 interview on Milt Rosenberg’s Extension 720, one of the nation’s most influential radio shows.
Milt Rosenberg's Extension 720 Radio Show

Read “What God Hath Joined Together" in MovieGuide.com.
MovieGuide.com

See the highlights from the Michigan rally on September 27, 2006.

Read major articles about the divorce industry and the truth behind the “fatherhood crisis” in these mainstream publications:

On the cover of Touchstone magazine, "Divorced from Reality"

The divorce regime is the most totalitarian institution ever to arise in the United States. Its operatives in the family courts and the social service agencies recognize no private sphere of life. "The power of family court judges is almost unlimited," according to Judge Robert Page of the New Jersey family court. "Social workers are perceived to have nearly unlimited power," a San Diego Grand Jury concludes. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Total immunity [enjoyed by social workers] is absolute power."

The divorce regime is responsible for much more than "ugly divorces," "nasty custody battles," and other clichés. It is the most serious perpetrator of human and constitutional rights violations in America today. Because it strikes the most basic institution of any civilization - the family - the divorce regime is a threat not only to social order but to civil freedom. It is also almost completely unopposed. No political party and no politicians question it. No journalists investigate it in any depth. A few attorneys have spoken out, but they are eventually suspended or disbarred. Some academics have written about it, but they soon stop. No human rights or civil liberties groups challenge it, and some positively support it. Very few "pro-family" lobbies question it. This is because the divorce regime operates through money, political power, and fear.

The divorce regime is much more serious than simply "unfairness" or "gender bias" against fathers in custody proceedings. It is the government’s machine for destroying the principal check on its power - the family - and criminalizing its main rival: fathers. The most basic human and constitutional rights are routinely violated in America’s family courts. The lives of children and parents are in serious danger once they are, as the phrase goes, taken into "custody." Systemic conflicts-of-interest among government and private officials charged with child custody, child support, child protection, and connected matters have created a witch hunt against plainly innocent citizens.

The terror of the divorce regime is not a future possibility; it is a present reality. The following methods are currently employed by family courts and other government agents. These practices are now widespread in America:

  • mass incarcerations without trial or charge
  • forced confessions
  • children forcibly separated from parents who are under no suspicion of legal wrongdoing and parents stripped of the care, custody, and companionship of their children without explanation
  • government agents entering the homes, demanding and examining private papers and personal effects, and seizing the property of citizens who are under no suspicion of legal wrongdoing
  • official court records, including hearing tapes and transcripts, doctored and falsified with the knowledge of court officials and evidence fabricated against the innocent
  • defendants denied the constitutional right to face their accusers
  • bureaucratic police authorized to issue subpoenas and arrest warrants against parents, with no hearing and contrary to due process of law
  • special courts created specifically to process parents for political offenses
  • forced labor facilities created specifically for parents
  • children instructed to hate their parents with the backing of government officials
  • children forced by government officials to act as informers against their parents
  • children abused and killed with the backing of government officials
  • knowingly false allegations, for which no evidence is presented, accepted as fact without proof, overturning the presumption of innocence, and not punished when demonstrated to be untrue
  • parents ordered by government officials to separate from their spouses, on pain of losing their children
  • parents forced to pay the private fees of court officials they have not hired and whose services they have not sought or used, on pain of incarceration
  • parents suspected of no legal wrongdoing punitively stripped of their property and income, sometimes at gunpoint, and reduced to penury
  • government officials using the mass media to vilify private American citizens, and political leaders using their offices as platforms to verbally attack private American citizens, who have no right of reply or opportunity to defend themselves
  • parents jailed without trial reportedly beaten, in at least one case fatally, and denied medical attention while in police custody.

I have made these charges in some of the most reputable publications in the English language. They have never been refuted. Yet neither have they been corrected or even addressed by public officials, the media, or academics.

This site will tell you the truth about the divorce regime. It contains virtually all my published works - over 70 articles - on the fatherhood crisis and the corruption of the divorce industry (except book reviews and radio commentaries). For better or worse, these are the most strongly worded writings to appear on this subject in mainstream publications.

I am heavily indebted for the many letters, stories, documents, clippings, studies, citations, books, e-mail communications, and telephone calls - collected and sent to me by hundreds, perhaps thousands of people. It is not possible to name all these people, and many prefer not to be named.

Stephen Baskerville
March 2007

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